Title: Essais élémentaires sur la botanique, fifth volume of Rousseau’s collected works under the title “Mélanges”, the title page

Creator: Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778.

Date: 1782

Bibliographic Citation: Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778. Essais élémentaires sur la botanique, dans Mélanges. A Londres [i.e. Paris? : s.n.], 1782. Six volumes.

Notes: In 1771, Madeleine Catherine Delessert initiated a three-year correspondence with Jean-Jacques Rousseau, inquiring as to the proper way to educate her daughter Madelon, aged four, in botany. After Rousseau’s death in 1778, these letters appeared in collected editions of his work.

Physical Description: image.title page.black and white 12,5 × 15 cm

Language: French

Description: The principles advocated in Rousseau’s letters recall the central concerns in his treatise Emile: independent learning as opposed to rote memorization, gradual instruction by a tutor, and training in the proper way to observe nature.

Subject: False imprints (Publishing) — France — 18th century.

Publisher: Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University

is Part Of Exhibition: Interpersonal Print

Exhibition Theme: Domesticated Botany

Call Number: PQ2032 A1 1782 Rare Books/Special Collections

Image Identifier: 12_001810972_rousseau-titlepage